Washington, DC, USA: George Papadopolous, foreign policy adviser to President Trump during his presidential campaign has pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Monday .
George Papadopolous, the 30-year-old foreign policy adviser, pleaded guilty earlier this month, according to court filings unsealed on Monday. The DOJ unsealed the documents shortly after it announced charges against two other higher-ranking, Trump campaign officials — Paul Manafort and Rick Gates.
Prosecutors charged Papadopolous with lying to investigators about his conversations with a foreign professor who told him that Russians had thousands of emails containing “dirt” on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The Trump aide allegedly told the FBI that those conversations happened before he joined the campaign, statements rebutted by the Justice Department’s timeline.
An early advisor to President Donald Trump’s campaign has pleaded guilty to making false statements to FBI agents, according to court filings released Monday.
The U.S. alleges that George Papadopoulos made contact with foreign nationals tied to the Russian government and subsequently lied to federal agents about those meetings.
Papadopoulos was arrested on July 27 and entered a plea deal on Oct. 5.
According to the documents, Papadopoulos met with a female Russian national in March 2016. This woman was allegedly introduced to Papadopoulos, then foreign policy advisor for the Trump campaign, as a relative of Russian President Vladimir Putin with ties to senior Kremlin officials.
The filings also say that Papadopoulos is cooperating with the U.S. government in its ongoing investigation of Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 election.
Papadopoulos’ attorneys declined to comment on the case.
News of Papadopoulos’ plea deal comes on the heels of a separate indictment unsealed Monday of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his longtime business partner Rick Gates.
Earlier Monday, Manafort and Gates surrendered to authorities after being charged on 12 counts related to concealing foreign payments, including one count of “conspiracy against the United States.”
The two men had been the first people charged in the Russia investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Trump responded to the news on Twitter, saying that the alleged crimes occurred well before Manafort joined the Trump campaign in 2016.